As part of Safer Internet Day, Google is releasing a variety of security features to better protect people while browsing the Internet. The main one, the SafeSearch filter for underage users, is growing and will become a default setting for everyone.
This means that Google Search will automatically blur explicit images appearing in search results, even if the filter is not enabled. The reason for the expansion, according to the company (opens in a new tab), is to ensure that users, especially minors, do not inadvertently encounter explicit content on search. Users will be able to either turn off the new blur at any time or make it stricter.
As it stands, the feature does not hide any text or links to explicit content. However, looking at the images on Google’s post, it looks like you can enable the new filter setting to do just that.
Users over 18 will see the new default setting in the “coming months” as it rolls out periodically. Instructions on how to modify SafeSearch are available on Google’s search help webpage. (opens in a new tab).
Along with the SafeSearch change, Google is adding three other security tools to its other platforms.
Google Password Manager on Chrome and Android browser will start supporting biometric authentication to verify your identity. The announcement states that this feature can be used to “securely reveal, copy, or change saved passwords” on the password manager without having to enter them each time.
Following, virtual cardswhich are “unique numbers for online transactions [that keep] your payment information securely”, will now be available for “American Express customers” – as long as you are eligible.
As for the last feature, iOS users will be able to use Face ID to protect their privacy on the Google app and prevent unwanted access. It is not known if an Android version is in development.
The launch date for these tools is a mystery, as Google isn’t sure if they’ll be available soon or months from now, like with the change to SafeSearch. We asked if the company could give us a launch window for three tools. This story will be updated if we have any news.
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